Owen track and field heads to state championships

Karrigan Monk
Black Mountain News
Owen's track and field team heads to the state championships May 20.

After bringing home state championships for boys soccer and cross-country in the fall, Owen is looking for yet another state championship, this time in track and field.

The track and field team heads to Greensboro May 20 to compete in the state championship. It recently won the 2A West regional championship, the first in school history.

Coach Bob Sadlemire said the team has a "good shot" at either winning or coming in second.

"We have to win four or five events, which is hard to do, and T.W. Andrews has to have some bad luck," Sadlemire said. "They're leading now, statistically, but we've won meets. We won the regional meet and we weren't favored to win that. We won that, so we could easily win it."

Elijah Jones will run at UNC Charlotte in the fall.

Senior Elijah Jones said he has been training "pretty much nonstop" since his cross-country season ended. He said the track season has gone well for him and he has not had to deal with injuries or anything else in his way.

Jones is coming off of his cross-country season where he had the second fastest time in school history at the Sept. 13 Watermelon Run in Cullowhee with a time of 15 minutes, 52.10 seconds. At the time, he told Black Mountain News that even if he does not break a record in cross-country, he would look to do so in track.

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He did in fact break a school record in track this season.

In outdoor track, Jones broke the school's 3,200 meter record with a time of 9:16.77. He said he was just trying to get below 9:20. Not only did he beat the record, he matched his own record-breaking time later in the season.

"That was really exciting," Jones said. "It was just really crazy to cross the line and see those numbers."

Jones is not the only one who broke school records this year. The following records were also broken:

  • Davis Kendall broke the 400 meter dash record with a time of 49.94.
  • Jaheem O'Hara broke the 800 meter record with a time of 1:57.10.
  • Taj Burgin, Keron Clayton, Kameron Moore and Trevae Woodyard broke the 4x100 relay record with a time of 42.93.
  • Clayton, Kendall, Moore and Woodyard broke the 4x200 record with a time of 1:28.20.
  • Owen Lollis, Tad Sloan-Westmoreland, Kendall and O'Hara broke the 4x400 relay record with a time of 3:30.18.

Jones said he will try for the 1,600 meter race record at state. He broke the school record running the race at an indoor event but will need to do the same on an outdoor track to go down in Owen's history books.

He will attend and run at UNC Charlotte in the fall. He said it is strange to think about this being his last event at Owen.

"My favorite part has been the way that the team has changed," Jones said. "We've all really gotten closer, and the teams have gotten larger. There's always been team unity, but recently it seems like all the sprinters and the girls team have all just really come together as one team rather than as separate parts of a big team, which is really cool to me."